Waldo, a fêted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair with Eddie, 'more than an acquaintance and less than a friend for over thirty years,' Waldo is pressed to action.
What bloggers and reviewers are saying.....
Hanif Kureishi’s seventh novel is diabolical fun: sex, jealousy, a conman, ageing, self-abuse, scatology — he packs it all into The Nothing.
It’s a claustrophobic portrait of domestic disharmony, and of the fading of life, of sexual power and creative and social energy.
Waldo is a classic bitter Kureishi character with a left wing past, blunt and sex obsessed, certain that he is being taken advantage of.
Kureishi’s men do occasionally agonise between betraying their partners and betraying themselves